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News features from the Washington, DC Metro Area.
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‘Your muscles screaming and your lungs burning’: Arborists from around the region compete at tree climbing competition

The two day competition also acts as a reunion of sorts for the arborists who participate.
5/15/20243 minutes, 59 seconds
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Listen: D.C. teachers, students, and advocates push to prevent cuts to the Community Schools program

Advocates say the program, which faces cuts in Mayor Muriel Bowser's budget, is vital for the city’s at-risk students and families.
5/14/20244 minutes, 3 seconds
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Glenstone museum employees are moving to unionize

Nearly 100 hourly employees — roughly half the Glenstone workforce — would be represented by the union.
5/14/20241 minute, 31 seconds
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Get Out There: The Hill Is Home turns 15

The beloved local blog is celebrating with a quinceañera bash. Blogger Maria Helena Carey joins us to discuss the party and her favorite Capitol Hill spots.
5/10/20244 minutes, 14 seconds
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D.C. Police clear anti-war encampment at George Washington University

D.C. police had previously held off on arresting protesters, saying that the encampment and all its protest activities were peaceful.
5/8/20241 minute, 28 seconds
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3 Mother’s Day events around D.C. that aren’t brunch

There are plenty of fancy Mother's Day brunches out there. Here are a few other ways to celebrate mom.
5/7/20241 minute, 27 seconds
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Get Out There: Travel around the world without leaving D.C. — embassy tours are back

5/2/20244 minutes, 33 seconds
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Listen: Impacts of air quality on D.C. area residents

The region received a failing grade and has the second most ozone pollution in the Mid-Atlantic.
5/1/20244 minutes, 25 seconds
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Students at local universities join nationwide rally for cease-fire in Gaza

WAMU's Kojo Nnamdi discusses student protests over the war in Gaza and other top stories from this past week.
4/26/20244 minutes, 40 seconds
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Why incarcerated D.C. youth keep calling for special education in federal prisons

D.C. has faced several lawsuits in recent years for allegedly failing to provide special education. Why is this lack of access so persistent?
4/23/20244 minutes, 18 seconds
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This local photographer transformed his former D.C. office into an exhibit

Colin Winterbottom once pored over spreadsheets in an windowless office. At Artomatic, he's turned it into an exhibit of his best photography.
4/23/20244 minutes, 10 seconds
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What did the Virginia General Assembly accomplish in their one-day session?

Kojo Nnamdi joined Morning Edition on WAMU for a look at some of the week's top stories.
4/19/20244 minutes, 33 seconds
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Listen: What you need to know about the recent uptick in mpox cases

Health experts stress the need to improve vaccination efforts.
4/9/20244 minutes, 2 seconds
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Maryland lawmakers promise financial support for workers affected by collapse of Baltimore Bridge

The emergency legislation would provide financial support for 15,000 workers.
3/29/20244 minutes, 56 seconds
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Listen: How housing insecurity, structural racism affect maternal health in DC

The report states housing policies in D.C. need to prioritize Black women and birthing people.
3/27/20244 minutes, 15 seconds
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Listen: More ‘drug-free zones’ went into effect this week in D.C.

Kojo Nnamdi joins Esther Ciammachilli on most Fridays to discuss some of the week's top stories.
3/22/20244 minutes, 40 seconds
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Listen: Muslims who must pause fasting during Ramadan have options to make up that observance

Worshippers living with chronic illnesses, or women who are menstruating, pregnant, or nursing are offered exemptions.
3/19/20244 minutes, 36 seconds
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Mosaic Theater to host H Street Oral History Festival based on interviews with residents

Interviews about the D.C. riots that followed Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination in 1968 inspired three new plays.
3/15/20241 minute, 20 seconds
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One local Black musician’s campaign to change the minds of white supremacists

Daryl Davis says it all starts with a conversation between two people trying to find common ground.
2/29/20244 minutes, 36 seconds
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Meet the Fairfax duo that won big at the Grammys

123 Andrés crafts and performs songs for kids with melodies that work in both English and Spanish.
2/16/20244 minutes, 20 seconds
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Voices of Wards 7 and 8: Meet Kokamoe, Southeast D.C.’s famous X2 bus rapper

Thomas "Kokamoe" Goode can barely walk down the street without fans shouting his name or asking for a selfie.
2/14/20244 minutes, 28 seconds
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Listen: Heart disease is the leading cause of death nationwide, but most Americans don’t know it.

Heart disease kills millions of Americans every year. During American heart health month, experts are raising awareness about the "silent killer."
2/13/20244 minutes, 26 seconds
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Beatlemania In D.C.: 60 years ago, the Beatles performed their first U.S. concert at the Washington Coliseum

Beatles historian Bruce Spizer takes us back 60 years ago, when The Beatles performed for 8,000 screaming fans at the Washington Coliseum.
2/9/20244 minutes, 59 seconds
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A 100-provision ‘crime-ni-bus’ bill passes its first hurdle in the D.C. Council

The D.C. Council voted in favor of the bill. It's the first of two votes to advance the legislation.
2/9/20244 minutes, 48 seconds
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NPR’s Ayesha Rascoe on what it means to be ‘HBCU Made’

NPR's Ayesha Rascoe recounts her time at Howard University and how her experience at the District's largest HBCU informed her new book of essays.
2/6/20247 minutes, 21 seconds
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Maryland aims to reach Medicaid recipients at risk of losing coverage

Now that the public health emergency has ended, Medicaid enrollment is no longer automatic.
2/6/20244 minutes, 17 seconds
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Maryland Gov. Wes Moore sends his legislative agenda to general assembly

The Democratic governor delivered a 16-bill legislative package outlining his priorities.
1/26/20244 minutes, 18 seconds
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Listen: Will D.C’s homeless population continue to grow?

Last year’s data revealed roughly 9,000 people were experiencing homelessness– an 18% increase from 2022.
1/23/20244 minutes, 7 seconds
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Maryland General Assembly leaders outline their priorities for 2024 legislative session

State Senate President Bill Ferguson and House of Delegates Speaker Adrienne Jones sat down with Maryland Matters to give an overview of the session.
1/10/20244 minutes, 17 seconds
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D.C. Mayor agrees to implement SNAP increase after threat of lawsuit

Approximately 138,000 SNAP recipients were supposed to a 10% increase to their monthly benefit at the start of 2024.
1/9/20244 minutes, 14 seconds
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Listen: Local residents learn the Smithsonian has trove of body parts belonging to late relatives

Some remains are still held at a storage facility in Suitland, Maryland.
1/3/20244 minutes, 33 seconds
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These are the bars and restaurants the D.C. area said goodbye to in 2023

Some of the best Sichuan cuisine in the city, a beloved home of Drag Story Hour, and more closed this year.
12/26/20233 minutes, 55 seconds
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Local forests are failing to produce the next generation of trees

Forests are failing to regenerate, which could lead to "widespread forest loss" in the region in the coming decades.
12/20/20236 minutes, 55 seconds
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Listen: ‘Devil is in the details’ Regional expert discusses plans for new Alexandria sports complex

George Mason University's Terry Clower has questions about the new home for the Caps and Wiz in VA.
12/19/20233 minutes, 58 seconds
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Listen: What Virginia’s health department is doing about the rise in Syphilis cases

Although men account for the majority of infections, congenital syphilis cases dramatically increased in the last decade.
12/19/20234 minutes, 16 seconds
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From Prince George’s County to Paris: Meet the 21-year-old boxer on his way to the Summer Olympics

As one of the best amateur featherweight boxers in the United States, Jahmal Harvey will have a literal Olympian task at the 2024 summer games in Paris.
12/14/20234 minutes
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‘It ain’t over’: D.C. officials hold out hope they can keep Wizards, Capitals in the city

D.C. officials believe Virginia's deal could still fall apart. But Mayor Muriel Bowser is preparing for a downtown without the teams nonetheless.
12/13/20234 minutes, 11 seconds
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One year in, here’s how Initiative 82 is affecting D.C. restaurant workers

Some workers have seen their wages increase thanks to a ballot initiative D.C. voters passed last year. Still, they worry about full implementation if it means people stop tipping.
12/13/20233 minutes, 49 seconds
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State abortion bans have people seeking the procedure in the D.C. region

Nearly one in five patients had to travel out of state for abortion care in the first half of 2023.
12/12/20234 minutes, 42 seconds
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D.C.’s childhood vaccination rates are still too low

Much of the D.C. region has been recovering from a drop in childhood vaccinations during the pandemic. But rates in the District remain below national averages.
12/5/20233 minutes, 45 seconds
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‘They wanted her license revoked’ Maryland midwife faces scrutiny after newborn dies in her care

A Washington Post investigation reveals the troubled history of one midwife in the D.C. region.
11/28/20237 minutes, 18 seconds
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More than 1 in 10 DC residents are housing insecure, new report shows

More than 82,000 residents – 12% of the city’s population – do not have stable housing, the overwhelming majority of those Black and Hispanic households, a new report found.
11/28/20234 minutes, 5 seconds
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This D.C. area musician founded a chorus for Palestinian and Israeli youth

For more than 10 years, the Jerusalem Youth Chorus has brought Palestinian and Israeli youth together in song and peace-building.
11/17/20234 minutes, 7 seconds
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School principals prepare to implement the Blueprint For Maryland’s Future

As Maryland rolls out the 2021 landmark education reform law, many administrators are unsure what the plan means for their schools.
11/17/20234 minutes, 1 second
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Torpedo Factory Arts Center could finally see new management after years in limbo

The center's more than 160 artists are eager for answers that could come out of a City Council meeting in December.
11/16/20232 minutes, 57 seconds
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GW professor discusses mental health impacts of Israel-Hamas war

Dr. Griffith says watching the Israel-Hamas war unfold on social media is taking a mental health toll even on those far from the conflict, especially kids and teens.
11/13/20234 minutes, 13 seconds
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Listen: Rep. Glenn Ivey explains why Maryland secured FBI headquarters

The decision to move FBI Headquarters follows more than a decade of debate between Maryland and Virginia.
11/10/20234 minutes, 27 seconds
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Election night sweep gives Democrats control of Virginia General Assembly

Key wins in Northern Virginia races helped the Democrats keep a majority in the state Senate and flip the House of Delegates.
11/8/20234 minutes
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Local interfaith leaders bring Jewish and Muslim communities together

The Israel-Hamas war brings attention to the importance of interfaith work by local leaders.
11/7/20238 minutes, 7 seconds
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China’s most popular diplomats are giant pandas, and they’re being recalled

D.C.'s iconic pandas are leaving the National Zoo, headed back to China. Some experts say the panda program is a victim of deteriorating relations between the U.S. and China.
11/7/20237 minutes, 2 seconds
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D.C.’s first 24/7 sobering center is open

The facility, also called a stabilization center, is near Union Station and designed to be an alternative to the emergency room for people undergoing a substance use crisis.
11/7/20234 minutes, 21 seconds
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For two local Palestinians with family in Gaza, each day is ‘exhausting’

Two Maryland residents whose family members were killed in Gaza face communication blackouts and poor connections as they try to receive news from loved ones.
11/6/20234 minutes, 25 seconds
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“It smells like memories” how locals honor their loved ones this Día De Los Muertos

One woman hopes that her late father will enjoy the flowers she bought for him this Día de los Muertos.
11/2/20234 minutes, 16 seconds
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Early voting is heating up across Northern Virginia, including in battleground Prince William County

In the final week of the race, Democrats and Republicans in this contested part of Northern Virginia are making their final pitch to voters.
11/1/20234 minutes
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This mobile shower program offers community to its neighbors in Hyattsville

After two years of providing shower access and more, The Neighborhood Well looks to expand to D.C.
10/31/20231 minute, 16 seconds
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Inside D.C.’s thriving community of greyhound enthusiasts

These quirky dogs transitioned from the racetrack to lives of leisure in the D.C. region — and their owners have formed a massive group chat.
10/31/20233 minutes, 43 seconds
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Medical providers at D.C.’s largest community health center move to unionize

Health care providers say they're struggling with not having enough time to provide quality patient care.
10/31/20234 minutes, 32 seconds
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‘I’ll eat anything we make in FoodPrints’: these D.C. kids grow, harvest, and cook fruits and vegetables at school

Thanks to this class at 21 DC Public Schools kids don't just eat their vegetables --- they love them.
10/24/20233 minutes, 57 seconds
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Goats wearing solar-powered GPS collars are helping clean up the Chesapeake Bay

New technology is making environmentally friendly farming practices easier at a farm in Northern Virginia.
10/19/20233 minutes, 56 seconds
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The National Museum of Women in the Arts returns with big and bold inaugural exhibit

Opening weekend includes a real-life tattoo artist offering "flash tattoos," and a chance to explore the museum's expanded galleries.
10/18/20233 minutes, 48 seconds
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Listen: New bill aims to reduce prostate cancer deaths in D.C.

Early diagnosis is shown to drastically improve survival rates. 
10/17/20233 minutes, 42 seconds
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Congressional Republicans called D.C. officials to the Capitol (again) over a rise in violent crime

We take a look back at some of the week's top stories with Kojo Nnamdi.
10/13/20234 minutes, 18 seconds
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Get Out There: Fall festivals and Halloween screams around D.C.

From paranormal stage productions in D.C. to award-winning haunted trails in Maryland, there are plenty of ways to get spooked this Halloween season.
10/12/20234 minutes, 20 seconds
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Listen: New laws that improve access to Medicaid in Maryland are now in effect

Lawmakers hope the laws will improve access to critical services.
10/10/20233 minutes, 43 seconds
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These Arlington teens want more youth voices in local news. Now they’re adding their own

The students created a podcast this summer about community issues they care about, including plans for Langston Boulevard and restorative justice for youth.
10/9/20233 minutes, 46 seconds
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‘Built hopes up to break them down’: Kenilworth Courts residents say D.C. Housing Authority betrayed redevelopment promises

The redevelopment of Kenilworth Courts was supposed to bring jobs and peace to the residents who have long called the public housing complex home. But it didn't go as planned.
10/6/20237 minutes, 16 seconds
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Get Out There: When (and where) to enjoy the fall foliage around the region

WAMU general assignment reporter Colleen Grablick shares the best times and places to catch a glimpse of the changing trees in the region.
10/6/20234 minutes, 6 seconds
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Kaiser Permanente workers in the D.C. region join nationwide strike

Workers are demanding pay increases and a fix to short staffed facilities.
10/6/20234 minutes, 57 seconds
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Yes, buses are slower and more crowded. Metro says it might get worse

Crowded roads make for slower and more crowded buses, and Metro's financial woes might make some solutions out of reach.
10/4/20233 minutes, 48 seconds
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It’s taken 30 humans to raise this motherless monkey at the National Zoo

There's a tiny baby Allen's swamp monkey at the National Zoo, and humans have been hand-rearing him for the past month.
10/4/20233 minutes, 58 seconds
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Why are people struggling to get a COVID vaccine? Here’s what to know in the D.C. region

For some locals, insurance codes, supply issues, and canceled appointments are features of a new privatized vaccine system.
10/4/20233 minutes, 54 seconds
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Get Out There: Local author JoAnn Hill’s guide to D.C.

JoAnn Hill joined WAMU to discuss her latest book, "DC Scavenger: The Ultimate Search for Washington, DC's Hidden Treasures."
10/2/20234 minutes, 20 seconds
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D.C. Council held a confirmation hearing for the new Metropolitan Police Department chief

MPD interim chief Pamela Smith met with D.C. lawmakers Wednesday for a confirmation hearing.
9/29/20236 minutes, 57 seconds
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Meet the local Latinos working on NASA’s biggest missions

At Goddard Space Flight Center, some Latinos are crucial to NASA's missions of research, space discoveries, and launching the latest mission to the moon.
9/28/20234 minutes, 16 seconds
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The federal government is probably shutting down. Here’s how it would impact D.C.

Due to D.C.'s non-statehood status, a shutdown would have particularly troublesome impacts on the city.
9/27/20234 minutes, 1 second
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A new law gave pregnant immigrants in Maryland free health care. Here’s how it’s going

Residents in Maryland can receive prenatal care, as well as access to dental, mental health care, prescription drug services without copays, and more.
9/26/20234 minutes, 20 seconds
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D.C.’s only Black woman-owned beer company eyes a permanent home

"These are my roots. It will mean the world to me to be able to build something in my hometown," says Eamoni Collier of Urban Garden Brewing. 
9/25/20233 minutes, 49 seconds
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D.C. councilmember focuses on increased penalties and policing in slate of public safety bills

A provision that would allow police to randomly search anyone on parole for a gun conviction has already received pushback from advocates, lawyers, and some judges who say it might be unconstitutional.
9/20/20234 minutes, 22 seconds
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LISTEN: D.C. Council will consider a call to declare the opioid crisis a health emergency, among other health bills

“I think the numbers of overdoses that we've seen in the District the number of overdose fatalities that we've seen in the District, the increasing number of children who have been overdosing calls for this moment to be elevated.”
9/19/20233 minutes, 32 seconds
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A new law gave pregnant immigrants in Maryland free health care. Here’s how it’s going

Residents in Maryland can receive prenatal care, as well as access to dental, mental health care, prescription drug services without copays, and more.
9/18/20233 minutes, 50 seconds
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Get Out There: Theatre Week is back

Theatre Week is back again this month, offering discounted tickets and behind-the-curtain access to local productions.
9/15/20233 minutes, 55 seconds
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On H Street, some Black business owners say they’re fighting the neighborhood

Black-owned businesses account for less than half of H Street businesses with active liquor licenses, but accounted for a majority of protests the ANC or neighbors filed against licenses in the last five years.
9/11/20234 minutes, 24 seconds
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D.C. school nurses say new staffing model is ‘a recipe for disaster’

Due to a nursing shortage, school nurses will work under a new “cluster” model, serving multiple schools. DC Health says it's a necessary short-term solution.
9/7/20233 minutes, 48 seconds
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Listen: Flooding unequally affects D.C.’s most economically disenfranchised wards

While climate change is worsening these disparities, it did not create them.
9/6/20233 minutes, 55 seconds
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‘A rhythm that crosses borders’: Meet the ten-person band bringing the world Of cumbia to D.C.

With nearly all members hailing from Latin America, Cumbia Heights has been electrifying D.C.'s music scene with their highly danceable, neo-cumbia sound.
8/31/20234 minutes, 6 seconds
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Washington Spirit ‘boss’ Michele Kang’s plan to elevate women’s professional soccer

The tech entrepreneur and philanthropist has a plan for global women’s soccer domination.
8/29/20234 minutes, 13 seconds
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Free dental care showing positive results for seniors in D.C. and Montgomery County

In nine months, this pilot program served more than 3,000 low-income seniors. It will operate for a total of five years.
8/29/20233 minutes, 57 seconds
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We went to the region’s premiere license plate swap meet and met some incredible collectors

The Automobile License Plate Collectors' Association has been around for nearly 70 years, and a new generation of collectors are cropping up
8/25/20234 minutes, 23 seconds
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This D.C. comedian is bringing ‘Funny Arabs’ to The Kennedy Center

The Kennedy Center will host "Funny Arabs" at the Millennium Stage on Saturday, September 9th at 6 p.m. Admission is free and tickets are already live.
8/24/20231 minute, 30 seconds
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For these Manassas elementary schoolers, it’s back to school – in a new building

School staff at Innovation Elementary are focused on creating a brand new school community -- and keeping students in school.
8/24/20234 minutes, 14 seconds
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D.C.’s unique Advisory Neighborhood Commissions are almost 50 years old. How are they working out?

Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners are elected by their neighbors to be the eyes, ears, and voices of their communities, but many say they lack formal authority and resources for the task.
8/23/20234 minutes, 14 seconds
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D.C.’s hottest new go-go band is a group of … firefighters?

For the D.C. Fire and EMS band (known locally as Heat Stroke), playing funky go-go covers goes hand-in-hand with serving the public.
8/22/20234 minutes, 5 seconds
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Alexandria is bringing Narcan to restaurants

As the opioid crisis continues, the Alexandria Health Department is training staff at restaurants to use the naloxone nasal spray that reverses opioid overdoses.
8/22/20234 minutes, 7 seconds
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Dogs at D.C.’s largest animal shelter live in ‘disgusting’ conditions, volunteers allege

Volunteers at the Humane Rescue Alliance allege that dogs live in their own filth, sometimes staying in their kennels for the better part of several days.
8/21/20234 minutes, 34 seconds
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Get Out There: Visiting a much-loved Ethiopian restaurant

This week, it's all about Ethiopian food.
8/18/20233 minutes, 56 seconds
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Ride-hailing arrived in D.C. ten years ago, bringing convenience but also negative consequences for the city

A new book examines the effects of ride-hailing on city streets, the transportation network, and workers.
8/16/20234 minutes, 29 seconds
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Just beyond Northern Virginia’s sprawl, I got to see the Perseid meteor shower

A hot, sticky night camping in the Virginia Piedmont — and marveling at shooting stars.
8/15/20231 minute, 19 seconds
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COVID is ticking up again in the D.C. region (and everywhere). Here’s what to know

We're seeing the first substantial increase in transmission in months. But tracking the virus looks different these days.
8/15/20234 minutes, 28 seconds
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‘Let them talk for themselves’: photojournalist Dee Dwyer on documenting Wards 7 and 8

"I'm like, why don't people get it? I said, 'Can we just hold up the mics to the people and let them talk for themselves?'" 
8/14/20234 minutes, 33 seconds
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D.C. lawmakers, residents are fed up with unrelenting violence in the city

Ward 8 Councilmember Trayon White says it might be time to call on the National Guard to help curb deadly violence in the District.
8/11/20235 minutes, 56 seconds
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Meet the D.C. woman who owns Mexico City’s only soul food restaurant

In recent years, many Black Americans, like restaurant owner Tiara Darnell, have made the decision to leave the United States for countries such as Mexico, which some have called Blaxiting.
8/10/20233 minutes, 57 seconds
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Get Out There: Watching the Women’s World Cup

This week on Get Out There, it's all about the Women's World Cup.
8/10/20234 minutes, 11 seconds
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At DCA, crews race each night to repave a bit of runway before the next day’s flights

What's it like working on runway repaving when you've got thousands of travelers depending on you?
8/8/20234 minutes, 46 seconds
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What do the YIMBYs of Northern Virginia want?

The pro-housing group (YIMBY stands for 'Yes In My Backyard') is just two years old, but it’s already seen success — and there are big plans for the future.
8/8/20234 minutes, 4 seconds
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LISTEN: How you can stay safe while you play pickleball

A recent analysis found pickleball injuries may cost Americans nearly $400 million.
8/8/20234 minutes, 34 seconds
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I hung out with D.C.’s surprisingly thriving Burning Man community

"D.C. has always been a good town for subcultures." Locals have cultivated the Burning Man spirit here in the Washington region.
8/4/20234 minutes, 11 seconds
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Donald Trump’s history-making arraignment drew a crowd to the federal courthouse in D.C.

Former president Donald Trump appeared in federal court in D.C. Thursday for his third arraignment in 2023.
8/4/20236 minutes, 19 seconds
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Get Out There: D.C.’s standup-comedy scene is for everyone

The local comedy scene is especially welcoming to hobbyists and newcomers, says local writer and sometimes comic Jessica Goldstein.
8/3/20234 minutes, 13 seconds
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We tried that ‘lab-grown’ chicken at one of José Andrés’ D.C. restaurants

What does it taste like? Is it actually a sustainable choice? We answer these and other questions after talking to experts and trying the futuristic food.
8/3/20237 minutes, 30 seconds
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D.C. has millions of opioid settlement dollars to spend. How will they be used?

As D.C. records its highest numbers of fatal overdoses, advocates are pushing leaders to invest in holistic harm reduction.
8/1/20233 minutes, 53 seconds
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Listen: Some members of Congress want to turn the RFK stadium into a mixed-use development

We check in with WAMU’s Kojo Nnamdi for a look back at some of the week’s top stories.
7/28/20234 minutes, 53 seconds
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Get Out There: Everything you need to know about the rebranded Citi Open

The Mubadala Citi Open will feature 18 of the top 30 tennis players in the world, all competing in Rock Creek Park.
7/28/20234 minutes, 30 seconds
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General Manager Randy Clarke charmed Metro riders in his first year — but the real challenge lies ahead

Clarke has won over riders and public officials alike during his first year leading Metro, but navigating a budding budget crisis will test his leadership in year two.
7/27/20233 minutes, 56 seconds
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Some Of D.C.’s most historic documents could soon get a new home

After years of advocacy from local history buffs, D.C. is moving towards building a new D.C. Archives building to hold hundreds of thousands of historic government documents.
7/26/20234 minutes, 13 seconds
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The long term effects of repeated exposure to the smoke and haze from Canadian wildfires

D.C. area residents are adjusting to a new normal for the summer, and perhaps beyond.
7/25/20234 minutes, 19 seconds
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Renting in and around D.C. is hellacious right now. Just ask your neighbors

Rents are high, inventory is stagnant, and dozens of people say they've spent months getting scammed, out-bidded, and ghosted by brokers and property managers alike.
7/24/20234 minutes
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‘Why is my child always on lockdown?’: Confinement at D.C.’s youth jail worries parents, advocates

Amid a staffing crisis and overcrowding, advocates say youth have been confined to their cells for as many as 23 hours out of the day.
7/24/20233 minutes, 53 seconds
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Listen: Montgomery County Council passes a permanent rent cap bill

We check in with WAMU’s Kojo Nnamdi for a look back at some of the week’s top stories.
7/21/20234 minutes, 59 seconds
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The Commanders are ushering in a new era for a new generation of football fans

Fans say it's about more than winning. This is a chance to bring pride back to the Commanders' community.
7/21/20231 minute, 56 seconds
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The Linden Oak was spared during Metro construction. Now it will be chainsaw art

The Linden Oak was one of the oldest and largest trees in Maryland. Now, a local artist will carve the wood for a public sculpture.
7/19/20234 minutes, 6 seconds
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Learning to swim can be just as terrifying for adults as it is for children

We speak with Prince George’s County adults and experts about the history of racial barriers to swimming.
7/18/20234 minutes, 5 seconds
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Listen: The plans for Metro’s expansion and the region’s reaction

7/14/20234 minutes, 6 seconds
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Rorschach Theatre converted a vacant D.C. storefront into a ’90s-era rock club for its new show

The theater company converted a vacant D.C. storefront into a dive bar where audiences can purchase drinks and listen to a live band.
7/14/20233 minutes, 36 seconds
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Get Out There: Broccoli City Festival

This week on Get Out There, it's all about Broccoli City Festival.
7/13/20234 minutes, 17 seconds
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‘A punch to the gut:’ What SCOTUS’ student loan decision means to D.C.-area borrowers

Biden's student loan forgiveness program would have been transformative for some D.C. area borrowers. Now, they're back to paying their debts for years to come while also navigating the region's high cost of living.
7/13/20233 minutes, 18 seconds
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Amidst spike in violent crime, D.C. Council approves emergency public safety bill

The bill will expand pre-trial detention of those accused of violent crimes, make it illegal to fire a weapon in public, and make it easier to extradite people wanted on misdemeanor charges.
7/13/20234 minutes, 3 seconds
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At Fletcher’s Cove, immigrants fish for joy, connection and healing

Fletcher's Cove is popular for fishing American shad, largemouth bass, and catfish. But for some immigrants, it's about much more than finding fish.
7/12/20233 minutes, 34 seconds
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Yayoi Kusama’s ‘One With Eternity’ smashed visitor records. As it ends, what’s next for the Hirshhorn?

"One with Eternity" has drawn nearly half a million visitors throughout its historic run. Hirshhorn Museum leaders discuss what comes next.
7/11/20236 minutes, 47 seconds
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D.C. ACLU sues the city for sending armed police to mental health emergencies

The suit alleges that police response endangers rather than helps individuals in crisis, and violates the Americans with Disabilites Act.
7/11/20234 minutes, 28 seconds
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Listen: Local D.C. author uses family history to inspire latest novel

D.C.-based author Cheryl A. Head's latest novel is titled "Time's Undoing."
7/8/20234 minutes, 1 second
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This GWU dorm could become a shelter for the medically vulnerable. Will the D.C. council let it proceed?

Ward 2 is finally set to receive its own iteration of a family homeless shelter  – if lawmakers decide not to stand in the way.
7/6/20234 minutes, 1 second
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Thousands of residents in the D.C. region are losing Medicaid coverage

Many who enjoyed uninterrupted coverage due to COVID emergency provisions are finding that their coverage has expired. Here's what to do if you're affected.
7/5/20234 minutes, 24 seconds
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An ‘extra layer of hurt’: After teens’ killing, D.C. family fundraises to afford proper sendoff

After their sons Demarcos Pinckney and Kevin Mason were fatally shot, two D.C. sisters are on a tight timeline to cover burial costs.
7/4/20231 minute, 6 seconds
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Get Out There: Fireworks, Folklife, and the Fourth, oh my!

The annual July Fourth celebration on the National Mall overlaps with the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Here's how to prepare.
6/30/20234 minutes, 1 second
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Listen: Parents in Montgomery County want opt-out choice for LGBTQ+ curriculum

Protests over LGBTQ+ books in schools have cropped up in Montgomery County.
6/30/20235 minutes, 38 seconds
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A mysterious new pest is threatening one of the most important trees in D.C.-area forests

Beech trees dominate most forests in the D.C. area. Now, they're under attack by a new pest that could unravel ecosystems.
6/27/20234 minutes, 2 seconds
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Listen: a year after the Dobbs ruling, the landscape of abortion access in the D.C. region has changed

The court’s decision ended more than five decades of constitutionally-protected abortion rights. 
6/27/20234 minutes, 34 seconds
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Listen: An internal investigation finds former top aide to Mayor Bowser sexually harassed a female employee

The internal D.C. government report found Bowser's former chief of staff John Falcicchio sent "thousands" of sexually charged messages to another government employee.
6/23/20236 minutes, 19 seconds
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Bowser calls sexual harassment by former aide ‘wrong,’ pushes back on demands for independent investigation

The mayor said she was "devastated" by accusations that her former political confidante sexually harassed a subordinate, but defended the internal investigation that was recently completed.
6/22/20231 minute, 4 seconds
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Metro faces $750 million budget gap, could lead to dramatic service cuts

The transit agency will need to build a coalition of local elected officials, business groups, and more to advocate for funding and avoid dire cuts.
6/21/20233 minutes, 51 seconds
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These Langdon renters say their apartment building is dangerous. Their landlord is suing to evict them anyway

Brookland Investments I LLC has sued to evict at least 13 of the building’s 18 households, despite hazardous conditions.
6/21/20234 minutes, 6 seconds
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In general assembly primaries, two Northern Virginia incumbents lose their seats

The shake-up means new faces in the region's delegation to Richmond — and a loss of seniority in the legislature.
6/21/20234 minutes, 27 seconds
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Arlington students can now carry overdose reversal drug Narcan

Arlington Public Schools says the measure is one of several they're taking in response to a rise in opioid overdoses.
6/20/20233 minutes, 51 seconds
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“It was a beautiful battle”: D.C.’s pro women’s Ultimate team stopped short in league semifinals

The D.C. Shadow battled the Raleigh Radiance Saturday night in the semifinals of the Premier Ultimate League's championship weekend.
6/19/20231 minute, 19 seconds
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D.C. has never had an official Juneteenth celebration. This commission is going to change that

A Q&A with Chuck Hicks, local activist and a future member of the commission, outlined in a 2022 law.
6/19/202352 seconds
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D.C. DMV workers say computer issues let DUI convictions fall through cracks

Workers at the D.C. DMV say an aging computer system makes it hard to properly track DUI convictions, including those which would result in a driver's license being suspended.
6/16/20233 minutes, 49 seconds
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D.C. routinely fails to spend millions of federal grant dollars for ending homelessness

The unspent funds are returned to HUD.
6/13/20233 minutes, 30 seconds
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Outgoing board member Katie Cristol on ‘The Arlington Way’ – and why she thinks it needs a refresh

Cristol is leaving the Arlington County Board in July to lead the Tysons Community Alliance.
6/12/20233 minutes, 33 seconds
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‘Everybody needs to be brave’: for one D.C. drag queen, the show must go on

Tara Hoot’s pandemic hobby has faced right-wing protests. But she isn’t fazed. She’s just trying to spread joy during her drag story hour.
6/12/20235 minutes, 19 seconds
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Get Out There: Profs and Pints brings college lectures to bars around D.C.

Former education reporter Peter Schmidt discusses how he created the lecture series and what he plans on doing next.
6/8/20233 minutes, 55 seconds
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D.C.’s air quality is in Code Red. Here’s what you should know

Schools are canceling recesses and other outdoor activities, as smoke from Canadian wildfires makes the region's air unsafe.
6/8/20233 minutes, 27 seconds
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Affordable housing preservation in D.C. hits road blocks as building costs rise

Industry leaders say that worsening market conditions have made efforts to preserve affordability more challenging.
6/7/20234 minutes, 20 seconds
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‘Inner Ear of Don Zientara’ book traces legacy of the D.C. area’s legendary punk music studio 

The new book is chock full of photographs and firsthand accounts from D.C. punk legends including Fugazi, Bikini Kill, and others. 
6/6/20234 minutes, 25 seconds
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The D.C. area is on alert for mpox as Pride starts. Here’s what you need to know.

All your questions answered.
6/6/20233 minutes, 57 seconds
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D.C. to map air quality disparities in city’s most polluted neighborhoods

Research has shown big disparities in air quality between D.C. neighborhoods. Now, the District is piloting a project to create high-resolution air quality maps of some parts of the city.
6/5/20233 minutes, 43 seconds
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Metro’s new fare discount for low-income riders begins June 20. Here’s how to register.

SNAP benefit recipients are eligible for half-off fares through a program called Metro Lift.
6/5/202345 seconds
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Get Out There: Pride month poetry reading with Kim Roberts

Kim Roberts previewed her upcoming poetry reading, which features a cohort of LGBTQ+ writers from across the region.
6/2/20234 minutes, 26 seconds
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Former spy turned local author pens her first novel ‘The Peacock and The Sparrow’

Former CIA Operations Chief I.S. Berry has released her first spy novel The Peacock and The Sparrow.
6/1/20237 minutes, 27 seconds
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This Ward 8 program is helping kids write love letters…to themselves

"The more you write, the more familiar you become with you, because it's an inner journey," says professional storyteller Auntie Oyé, who leads students in their writing.
6/1/20234 minutes, 11 seconds
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Prince George’s County bill will limit single-use utensils

Starting June 1, county restaurants may only give out singe-use utensils if a customer requests them.
6/1/202335 seconds
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Voices Of Wards 7 and 8: ‘a serving summer;’ how elders will be spending the season

“People don't think about what a senior is going to do for the summer,” says Charles Turner, 74. But they’ll be busy – both taking time for themselves and their communities.
5/31/20233 minutes, 54 seconds
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The Washington Spirit’s Chloe Ricketts is the youngest person drafted to the NWSL

Chloe Ricketts is now 16 years old. She made history when, at 15 years, 283 days old, she signed with an NWSL team.
5/31/20234 minutes, 14 seconds
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D.C. wants to cancel $90 million in medical debt. Here’s how it would work.

The initiative could erase the outstanding payments for 90,000 people.
5/30/20233 minutes, 56 seconds
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Listen: Montgomery County raises property taxes slightly to help fund schools

Kojo Nnamdi discusses some of the top regional stories from this past week.
5/26/20235 minutes, 25 seconds
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Get Out There: Birding and other ways to spend Memorial Day weekend

WAMU and DCist reporter Colleen Grablick shares tips for where to go bird-watching around the D.C. region
5/25/20234 minutes, 10 seconds
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Get Out There: Celebrating AAPI Heritage Month

5/24/20234 minutes, 13 seconds
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Rev. Kenneth Nixon Jr. on being ‘Born Into Crisis’ in Northern Virginia

Rev. Kenneth Nixon Jr. documents his experience being born to a parent with severe mental illness in a new memoir.
5/23/20234 minutes, 34 seconds
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Inside D.C.’s growing Asian American comedy scene

In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month, one stand-up comedian is putting the spotlight on their community.
5/19/20234 minutes, 3 seconds
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Northern Virginia may get more mental health crisis centers. Here’s why that matters

The governor and state lawmakers are hoping to allocate $230 million dollars to address a shortage in mental health care facilities.
5/18/20234 minutes
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Listen: Celeste Headlee on her new podcast ‘Freeway Phantom’

The 10-part podcast series launched on May 17.
5/18/20234 minutes, 12 seconds
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Where to bird watch in the D.C. region this spring and summer

Whether you're a more casual birder or a seasoned pro, the D.C. region is ripe with feathered friends this time of year.
5/17/20231 minute, 10 seconds
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Should Cleveland Park, Woodley Park get more restaurants? A growing number of residents say yes

Removing the neighborhoods' restaurant cap is part of a greater effort to bring more development to well-to-do neighborhoods along Connecticut Avenue.
5/17/20233 minutes, 48 seconds
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Rental assistance funding restored, K Street Transitway delayed in D.C. Council budget

The D.C. Council will cast a first vote on the 2024 budget on Tuesday.
5/16/20231 minute, 4 seconds
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This Native Hawaiian dance group is creating a sense of home in the D.C. region

For Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, this group held a hula performance – one which was once outlawed in Hawaii.
5/16/20233 minutes, 56 seconds
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‘It’s just calm:’ How community organizers harness nature for youth healing in Ward 8

Through his mentorship group Right Directions, Victor Battle teaches Ward 8 kids to appreciate nature -- and, in the process, he helps them heal from trauma in their lives.
5/15/20234 minutes, 14 seconds
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‘My Kabul’ is a love letter to Afghan food — and to the region’s refugee community

Owner Khalis Noori says he wants My Kabul restaurant to be more than just a place where people can get a taste of home.
5/12/20233 minutes, 44 seconds
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National Parks Service should turn over parks to D.C. government, report says

The National Park Service owns 90% of park land in D.C., and funding is highly unequal across the city.
5/12/20234 minutes, 14 seconds
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Here’s a sneak peek at the new pickleball courts and roller rink opening this weekend

Food, roller skating, and pickleball? Get Kraking at Kraken Kourts and Skates.
5/12/20231 minute, 24 seconds
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There are no women representing Maryland in Congress. Angela Alsobrooks wants to change that

The Prince George's County Executive is the latest official to enter the race to replace U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.)
5/12/20234 minutes, 15 seconds
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Get Out There: Mother’s Day weekend

This week on Get Out There, it's all about moms!
5/11/20233 minutes, 29 seconds
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Elrich’s budget looks to keep Montgomery County’s social services funded closer to pandemic levels

The proposed budget includes more funds for education and rental assistance, among other social benefits — and a 10% property tax increase.
5/10/20233 minutes, 39 seconds
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For most of Northern Virginia, the primary is the election for General Assembly seats

Redistricting scrambled the legislative map, leading to retirements -- and a crop of big primary contests.
5/10/20234 minutes, 4 seconds
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Lawsuit alleges ‘deliberate’ medical neglect at the D.C. Jail

Residents of the jail are deprived of life-saving medication, miss important medical appointments, and go months or years without urgent medical care, according to the suit.
5/9/20234 minutes, 18 seconds
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The D.C. region’s Ash Trees are dying off. This project is documenting the few groves still living

A local writer and a local photographer are documenting the region's loss of ash forests due to the emerald ash borer.
5/8/20233 minutes, 51 seconds
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Get Out There: Where to enjoy Star Wars connections throughout the D.C. region

WAMU's biggest Star Wars fan discusses ways locals can enjoy May the Fourth around the region.
5/4/20234 minutes, 21 seconds
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May the 4th Be With You, D.C.: All the things you never knew about the District’s Star Wars connections

D.C. has a rich Star Wars history you may not know about. Here's how to celebrate May the Fourth locally.
5/3/20236 minutes, 44 seconds
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Allergies really are worse this year. Here’s what experts and D.C. residents say we can do about it

We heard your sniffled cries, and you're not imagining it: allergies suck this year.
5/3/20233 minutes, 56 seconds
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Budget cuts could wipe out small orgs that serve survivors of domestic violence

For smaller, immigrant-serving organizations, proposed cuts to D.C.'s crime victims services budget are existential.
5/3/20233 minutes, 55 seconds
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Arena Stage names Hana Sharif its next artistic director

Sharif will become just the fourth artistic director and first person of color to lead Arena Stage, which is approaching its 75th year.
5/1/20231 minute, 10 seconds
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Why the Virginia primary is often referred to as the General Election

In divided Virginia, the outcome of the primary is often the same outcome as the General Election.
4/28/20234 minutes, 56 seconds
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What the region’s Sudanese diaspora wants you to know about the country’s ongoing conflict

Community members say Sudan is home to rich culture and traditions that stem from a mix of Arab and African influences, and that their people deserve peace.
4/28/20231 minute, 28 seconds
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Get Out There: Project Glow and other EDM events around D.C.

The D.C. region has a lively electronic dance music scene. You just have to know where to look.
4/27/20234 minutes, 14 seconds
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Workers at the Wharf’s Moon Rabbit restaurant are trying to unionize

If the union drive at the Wharf hotel is successful, workers at the acclaimed Vietnamese spot from Chef Kevin Tien would achieve a rarity in organizing a fine dining restaurant.
4/26/20233 minutes, 57 seconds
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Voices of Wards 7 and 8: Black love

"The word 'Love' is most often defined as a noun, yet...we would all love better if we used it as a verb." – bell hooks
4/25/20234 minutes, 25 seconds
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Center for cancer prevention opens in Ward 8 in effort to combat city-wide disparities

The facility is aimed at reducing the disproportionate rates of cancer incidence and mortality in Southeast D.C.
4/25/20234 minutes, 26 seconds
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‘One of the best days’: The region’s Muslim community comes together for Eid Al-Fitr

Thursday night marked the end of Ramadan for Muslims all over the world and the start of Eid Al-Fitr, a time to celebrate after a month of fasting and prayers.
4/21/20233 minutes, 55 seconds
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Get Out There: farmers markets

This week on Get Out There, it's all about the region's farmers markets!
4/21/20233 minutes, 50 seconds
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One nonprofit housing provider’s dangerous living conditions revealed a systemic lack of oversight in Arlington County

The county depends on — and financially supports — a handful of nonprofits and for-profit companies to provide its affordable housing. But it has few tools to hold them accountable.
4/20/20234 minutes, 16 seconds
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There are some really, really old trees in Fairfax County

Rare old-growth Eastern hemlock trees, some of them 250 years old, grow about a mile down the Bull-Run Occoquan Trail from the trailhead at Hemlock Overlook Regional Park.
4/19/20231 minute, 23 seconds
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Some face homelessness when leaving foster care, despite D.C. having housing vouchers to help them

Forty to 100 people age out of foster care each year in DC. And for the last four years, at least 75 federal housing vouchers have gone unused.
4/18/20231 minute, 27 seconds
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What we do (and don’t) know about the future of medication abortion in the D.C. region

Mifepristone, a commonly used medication to end abortion, is still available in the D.C. region. But future access remains uncertain as a complicated legal saga unfolds.
4/18/20234 minutes, 56 seconds
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Rushern Baker honors his late wife, gets recognized for his work with the Alzheimer’s Association

Rushern Baker will receive the lifetime achievement award from the Alzheimer's Association for his work in helping to find a cure.
4/14/20239 minutes, 48 seconds
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Listen: Drama in the Maryland House of Delegates minutes before the close of the legislative session

A look back at some of the week’s top regional stories with WAMU’s Kojo Nnamdi.
4/14/20236 minutes, 1 second
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Mayor Bowser wants to hit the brakes on key climate policy, to help office building owners

Bowser is proposing a 3-year delay of the city's building energy performance standards, one of the District's most impactful policies to cut carbon emissions.
4/13/20234 minutes, 2 seconds
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Get Out There: Behind the scenes with Filmfest D.C.

On this week’s Get Out There, we highlight Filmfest D.C. and other film events around the city this spring.
4/13/20234 minutes, 11 seconds
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Arlington now has a post office named after an immigrant mailman

Last month, a United States post office was renamed after Jesus Collazos, an immigrant from Colombia who worked as a mail carrier in Arlington for 25 years.
4/12/20234 minutes, 16 seconds
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Who is Banks the duck? We’re glad you asked

A duck for the people: you can catch Banks waddling around the D.C. area with his owner Micaela Gibson.
4/12/20233 minutes, 38 seconds
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D.C. will use cameras to ticket drivers in bus lanes, at bus stops for first time

D.C. would be the first jurisdiction in the country to automatically ticket vehicles blocking a bus stop.
4/11/202358 seconds
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As local opioid fatalities climb, harm reduction advocates push for overdose prevention center

As the city prepares to open its first 24-hour sobering center, advocates say the city also needs a center for medically supervised drug use.
4/11/20234 minutes, 34 seconds
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Our region is full of family-owned restaurants. Here’s how they survive from one generation to the next

Owners and their children reflect on what it’s like to be a family-owned restaurant, and who will take over in the future.
4/10/20234 minutes, 13 seconds
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Bowser budget proposal calls for repurposing camera ticket money, new task force to look at equity in fines

D.C. aims to triple the number of cameras, including 140 new bus lane enforcement cameras and 122 new speed cameras. But not everyone thinks the cameras are working to make city streets safer.
4/7/20233 minutes, 54 seconds
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Listen: The rise, fall, and eventual death of Roy McGrath, a former top aide to Larry Hogan

Roy McGrath, former chief of staff to Larry Hogan, died this week following a confrontation with law enforcement in Tennessee.
4/7/20236 minutes, 9 seconds
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Get Out There: Shopping vintage around the D.C. region

On this week's Get Out There, we highlight some of Washingtonians' favorite places to shop for vintage and other secondhand goods.
4/6/20234 minutes, 14 seconds
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Bowser offers bigger tax breaks for office-to-housing conversions in downtown, but critics question value

Some lawmakers and activists say that Mayor Muriel Bowser's proposal for increased tax breaks for residential conversions are a giveaway to wealthy building owners.
4/5/20234 minutes, 11 seconds
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Mary’s Center faces unprecedented layoffs, cutting 6% of staff

As pandemic-era relief winds down, the health center's CEO says its financial outlook necessitated staff reductions. Staff say the layoffs have been a hit to morale after brutal years of pandemic response.
4/4/20234 minutes, 35 seconds
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D.C. has been giving residents ‘mini-grants’ for violence prevention. Here’s how they’re using them

So far, the Building Blocks DC program has awarded $1.6 million to individuals and small community groups.
3/31/20231 minute, 25 seconds
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‘I am another immigrant’: The D.C. region now has its first Salvadoran-born bishop

After years of service, Evelio Menjivar-Ayala was named bishop by Pope Francis – making him the first in the U.S. to have immigrated from El Salvador.
3/31/20234 minutes, 9 seconds
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Listen: Congressional Republicans take aim at more bills passed by the D.C. Council

A look back at some of the week's top regional stories with WAMU's Kojo Nnamdi.
3/31/20234 minutes, 56 seconds
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Get Out There: Cultural festivals around D.C.

A look at upcoming events that celebrate various cultures, including the DC Arab Culture Festival and the Japanese Street Festival.
3/30/20234 minutes, 4 seconds